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Saturday, September 5, 2009

House Subcommittee Calls Oversight Hearing on Broadband Stimulus Program for 09/10

Adelstein and Strickling Only Names on Witness List To Date

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The US House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet announced yesterday that it will conduct an oversight hearing next Thursday, September 10, to
examine the broadband stimulus programs of the federal Recovery Act of 2009.

The Subcommittee, of the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce, is chaired by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA).

As we reported previously, Chairman Boucher held his Subcommittee's first broadband stimulus program oversight hearing on April 02 of this year.

The Hearing Notice posted yesterday lists only 2 hearing witnesses, to date: Jonathan S. Adelstein, Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (RUS); and Larry E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information of the U.S. Department of Commerce and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

At the first hearing, Boucher pointedly remarked that that lack of ubiquitous broadband nationally was particularly felt by his constituents
of Virginia's rural 9th Congressional District, located in the southwestern corner of the Old Dominion.

The Hearing Notice posted 04 September 2009 12:47 PM, on the website of the full Committee:

Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Broadband, Part 2 Hearings - Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet

The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet will hold a hearing titled, "Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Broadband, Part 2" on Thursday, September 10, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will examine the implementation of the broadband programs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Specifically, the hearing will focus on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program established within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce, and the Broadband Initiatives Program administered by the Rural Utilities Service within the Department of Agriculture.


INVITED WITNESSES:
* Larry E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce

* Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture
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